SOUNDS & FURIES


SOUNDS & FURIES

JONATHON GREEN    Book Number: 89003    Product format: Paperback

Sub-titled 'The Love-Hate Relationship Between Women and Slang' we learn that there are 2,000 words for 'woman' and every one a put-down. Slang is the ultimate in man-made languages and this is the story of how for several hundred years slang's role as active, positive, rebellious subject rather than endlessly derided, submissive object. The book represents a quest to overturn a long-established but far from invulnerable belief system. Expert lexicographer Jonathon Green starts with Chaucer's bawdy, mouthy and magnificently self-willed Wife of Bath, then carries through a cast of working girls and villainesses, playwrights and bestselling authors, shop girls and fish wives - and continues right through to modern, online worlds of Mumsnet and Tinder, showing that women have always made slang their own. We meet with music-hall performers, quarrelsome dames, Billingsgate fish wives, criminals, working girls, flappers and riotous girls and lesbians and are treated to some right rum language and revelations about human nature. There is factory slang and vulgarity, jargon and acronyms, clothing and men, lovemaking and songs as we learn how important a job slang is in our incredible language. 564pp, paperback.
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ISBN 9781472141927
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